Plan Your Visit

The History of Science Collections at the University of Oklahoma invites individuals and groups of all ages to explore the past and the present through exhibitions featuring rare books. Our current exhibition is Galileo’s WorldAn exhibition without walls, Galileo’s World unites 7 locations across all 3 of OU’s campuses in more than 20 uniquely-themed galleries. Of the 8 exhibits in Bizzell Memorial Library, 6 are located in the History of Science Collections on the 5th floor of the library.

Use the following information to help you plan your visit to the History of Science Collections in Bizzell Memorial Library:

Cost: Free

Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday: Opens at 9am. Closes at 1pm or at kickoff time on home football game-days, whichever is later (see the football schedule at
Sunday: Closed

Individuals, families and small groups: No reservation required. Walk-in visitors are welcome anytime the exhibit is open. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on many weekdays, a docent may be available to interact with you during your visit. Plan your visit using the exhibit website or the navigation app.

Tours: Groups may request a guided tour using the Tour Request Form. Please schedule tours at least 2 weeks in advance. Call ahead even if you are bringing a group for a self-guided tour, to ensure that the Exhibit Hall is not already booked for another group at the same time.

Chaperone Policy: For groups with minors (defined as anyone under the age of 18), our tour policy is that there be a chaperone to student ratio of 1:5 for Elementary School groups and 1:10 for Middle School and High School groups.

Disabilities: For more information and accommodations on the basis of disability, please visit the OU Disability Resource Center or call the History of Science Collections at (405) 325-2760.

Guidelines: For security reasons we do not permit food or drinks, or large bags, in the Exhibit Hall.

Lockers: Secure lockers are available for items which guests do not wish to carry during the tour.

Photography: Photography is encouraged in the exhibit hall, though we ask that guests obtain special permission before using flash photography. Take a selfie with your favorite book, share it on Facebook or tweet it to @galileosworld. When posting be sure and use #galileosworld.

Contact Us: (405) 325-2760
Tour Related Questions: email Barbara Niccum:

History of Science Collections
University of Oklahoma Libraries
401 W. Brooks, BL 521
Norman, OK 73019

Location: The History of Science Collections are located on the 5th floor of Bizzell Memorial Library. The Library is in the heart of the main campus, between the south and north ovals. Enter Bizzell Memorial Library on the west side, near the clock tower visible from Elm St. The Circulation desk will be on your right. You can either take the stairs or the elevators to the 5th floor. When you arrive to the 5th floor a receptionist will greet you and help orient you toward the exhibit hall. Use this Campus map to help you locate the library (select Bizzell Memorial Library).

Parking: For visitor parking information, please visit the OU Parking Visitor page.

Exhibit website: Click the Events tab to follow Galileo’s World opportunities on campus. Click the Location tab to learn where the more than 20 differently-themed galleries are located. Mark favorite items, construct a personalized itinerary, and plan your visits. Note: The captions on this website are written for the casual visitor walking through the exhibit for the first time. See also this First Pass tip sheet for an initial reconnaissance visit to the Exhibit Hall on the 5th floor of Bizzell Memorial Library.

Educational Resources: Are you an educator, or do you like to read all the captions? If so, see the 1,000-page Exhibit Guide (iBookstore), the Open Educational Resources (OERs) page and the OER Formats page.